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THE CREW                                       77

waiting for the ship upon which they are to be returned,
and proper accommodation and maintenance on board

Masters of all British vessels are bound to accept on board
their ships on request, distressed seamen at the rate of one
man to every 50 tons burden, and also to provide suitable
accommodation for each of them. Seamen being re-
patriated are not allowed to work in any way for the master
who is returning them, and if they undertake any duty on
the homeward ship they must be signed on the articles, and
the repatriation charges immediate!}' cease to be for account
of the original owner.